Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak comments on dropping the 3.5 mm audio jack
Current rumors are pointing towards Apple dropping the 3.5 mm audio jack for its latest iPhone refresh. The plug and its many sizes has been ubiquitous on electronics and it continues to be one of the last remaining analog connectors on modern smartphones. Should Apple omit it in the next iPhone in favor of Bluetooth or the more versatile Lightning port instead, however, then the news would likely send shockwaves in the industry. Leaks have already pointed to brand new Bluetooth EarPods and adapters designed to make the transition easier for users.
Co-founder of Apple Steve Wozniak has since commented on the rumors with claims that it would be a major loss to customers if they turn out to be true. The 66 year old engineer says the sound quality from Bluetooth-enabled devices is noticeably poorer and "flatter" than the standard 3.5 mm audio solution and that its removal would "tick off a lot of people". As a result, he has explicitly stated that he would likely use an adapter as changing connection types between devices would be much faster than pairing different headphones wirelessly. Customers who may have their own favorite sets of earphones would be more likely to use adapters as well.
Apple is expected to announce the next iPhone during a press event on September 9th.